The uncertainty over his future appears to have played a part in Mauricio Pochettino's apparent reluctance to use him too often in the latter stages of this season - though the Tottenham boss would surely argue that his previous injury has been a key reason for his restricted game-time.
Spurs went 3-1 down in the 47th minute after Kelechi Iheanacho struck, but responded within two minutes through Erik Lamela. "As a striker you just go through spells through the season", he said. "We'll try to do the same as past year".
"It is so important to have the next objective to explain and show we can be ambitious".
"It was a massive job to achieve what we achieved this season despite so many things being against us".
"I think we feel so proud". Our fans need to know what we are doing and our fans need to feel the reality of club.
Pochettino's concerns don't appear to be misplaced as a new study conducted by British firm Brand Finance have found that out of the Premier League's so called "big six" clubs, Tottenham rank the lowest with regards to the strength of their brand, and they also have the lowest monetary value.
"We need to tell the truth and we need to create an expectation you can achieve".
But asked if he could guarantee he will still be at the helm next term, Pochettino repeated his answer from last week that "in football you never know". You can not create dreams thinking that we can not achieve [them].
"Last season, at White Hart Lane, we played 19 games in the Premier League and we won 17 and drew twice".
"We can not think we are the most clever people in the world and we are going to win trophies and spend small money".
"In the end we could create and feel that Wembley was home and is home now. But us, the club, the fans need to be on the same page".
"Of course we are working to deliver what is best for the team".
"But I understand people want more". "And this season, again, despite playing at Wembley, still (for) some the situation is that, 'Oh yes, but the team needs to win some titles'. Don't take this in [a] negative way, this always happens at the end of the season at all clubs, the manager speaks to owners, sporting director and chief executive to analyse the season and thinking how to improve".